Board of Directors

Fiscal Year 2020-21

The Board of Directors are guardians of the mission of Breastfeeding USA and aim to build an effective and sustainable organization. They are responsible for establishing policies and practices that enhance the impact of Breastfeeding USA and strengthen the public’s confidence in the management of the organization. Contact the Board of Directors at [email protected].

President

Aimee Teslaw, MA
First Board term: 2018-2021
Barrington, Illinois

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Aimee has been helping mothers and babies to breastfeed since 2010, and became a Breastfeeding USA Counselor in 2012. She serves two chapters of Breastfeeding USA in both Algonquin and Barrington, Illinois, and especially enjoys facilitating in-person mother-to-mother support. She has also served Breastfeeding USA in the Applications workgroup, the Grants workgroup, and most recently as the Chair of Funding and Development. She has experience writing, teaching writing, and working in corporate training.
Aimee makes a home in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband, two children, and a dog, and where she also volunteers at school and church. She is an adult student of guitar, and enjoys travel, being active, spending time outdoors, knitting, and reading.

Vice-president

Amie Rakosky Hood
First Board Term 2019-22
Indianapolis, IN

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Initial challenges with nursing her babies turned Amie into an advocate for other families. She has been a Breastfeeding Counselor for seven years with Indy Breastfeeding Moms, helping lead meetings, answering calls and Facebook questions, and making occasional home visits. Since joining the board, Amie has helped with strategic planning, social media, and most recently served as Treasurer.

Amie lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three children. Her background is in music (violin performance and history), community organizing, and finance (banking and investing). These days, she can be found homeschooling, gardening, and performing with a community orchestra.

Treasurer

Kim Cierpik-Gold
First Board Term: 2020 - 2023
Lakewood, Colorado

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Kim found her calling as a breastfeeding advocate after the birth of her daughter and finding that a support network was crucial to successful breastfeeding. Kim has been a volunteer with the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition’s Workplace working group, Jefferson County Infant, Child and Infant Feeding in an Emergency response team and as a Breastfeeding Counselor since 2018. She is passionate about helping families reach their breastfeeding goals. Kim has experience with nursing a child with food allergies, eczema and swallowing difficulties with solid food.

Kim lives in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and one cat. She enjoys being creative through sewing, knitting and artwork. She currently works as a project engineer in the energy sector.

Secretary

Tamika Harris, IBCLC, RLC
First Board term: 2018-2021
Alexandria, Virginia

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Tamika is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and WIC Breastfeeding Counselor. She is skilled in early childhood development, maternal-infant health and the science of human lactation. Tamika volunteers her time to teach breastfeeding classes to pregnant women and their families and leads a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. She is Co-Secretary of the D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition and a member of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee and Task Force, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Tamika is passionate about every woman and child’s right to breastfeed and is a staunch advocate for public policies that eliminate barriers to successful breastfeeding in the United States.

Director

Stefanie Anderson, IBCLC, CBE
First Board Term: 2020 - 2023
Olympia, Washington

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Stefanie has been working with new and expectant parents as a certified doula and childbirth educator since 2013. She became a Breastfeeding USA Counselor in 2016 and a national level volunteer in 2018, most recently serving as an admin in the applications workgroup. A mother of four, she's experienced many difficulties in her own breastfeeding journey and knows firsthand how valuable parent-to-parent support is.

Stefanie lives in Olympia, WA, with her husband, children, and 2 cats. She enjoys studying, playing piano, good coffee, and hikes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family. She currently works as an IBCLC and childbirth educator, both in private practice and in hospital.

Director

Sharon Knorr, BSMT(ASCP)
First Board Term: 2020-23
Loveland, Colorado

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Sharon has been working with breastfeeding families since 1983 as a volunteer counselor and then for 30 years, starting in 1987, as an IBCLC as well as continuing as a counselor. She also taught Childbirth Classes. She served on the Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Network in New York and was an active member of ILCA and was a part of the workgroup that brought USLCA into existence. In addition to her lactation practice, she helped plan, execute and also presented at many lactation conferences and workshops. She is one of the Founders of BreastfeedingUSA and served for two consecutive terms on the BOD when BFUSA began. After her terms, she helped with other projects. She is currently the Chairperson for the Education Committee and the Workgroup Manager for BRAID.
In addition to her lactation activities, Sharon has worked full-time in hospital laboratories as a medical technologist. She has two grown children, Josh and Rachel, who were both breastfed. Her husband, Butch, is recently retired from his IT career - they met in Hawaii where he was serving in the USN. She moved from upstate NY in 2011 and now pursues her love of gardening and reading and chasing after her grandpuppy in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Director

Beth Lichy, IBCLC, PhD
First Board Term 2019-22
Silver Spring, MD

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Beth is one of the founding members of Breastfeeding USA and served on the first Board of Directors. She currently leads a Breastfeeding USA Chapter in Montgomery County, MD. Beth serves on several Breastfeeding USA committees, and her work includes interviewing new applicants and grading a course module. Beth currently works as a hospital-based IBCLC. She is the VP of the Lactation Consultants Association of Greater Washington, a local chapter of USLCA.

Beth's background as a PhD researcher led her to a special interest in the amazing abundance of scientific studies surrounding breastfeeding and human milk. Her passion for helping breastfeeding families began years ago when she served as a La Leche League Leader.

Beth lives in a suburb of Washington, DC and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons who live just a few blocks away. Beth is active in her synagogue community, enjoys reading and learning new things, and talking to other bereaved parents.

Director

Jada Wright Nichols, MS, OTR/ L, IBCLC
Second Board term: 2019-2022
Memphis, TN

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Jada Wright Nichols is a maternal wellness consultant, helping new and expectant mothers remain healthy and happy through yoga, massage, nutrition, lactation support, and, postpartum doula services. She graduated from Tennessee State University and has a masters degree in occupational therapy. She is passionate about women's wellness across the life span, and serves on non-profit boards for birthworkers, breastfeeding, and breast cancer. She is a Breastfeeding Counselor in Memphis, TN where she lives with her husband and daughter, who all love exploring the outdoors.

Director

Meredith Sinclair, PhD
First Board term: 2018-2021
New Haven, Connecticut

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Meredith is an assistant professor of secondary English education at Southern Connecticut State University; her research and teaching interests include anti-racist pedagogy, critical adolescent literacy, pre-service teacher education, and secondary English curriculum. Meredith became interested in breastfeeding, babywearing, and other parenting advocacy work shortly after the birth of her first child in 2008. She has worked as a volunteer babywearing educator and advocate on the local and national level and became a Breastfeeding USA Breastfeeding Counselor in 2014. Meredith is particularly interested in empowering mothers through education and in advocating for local and national policies that improve mothers’ work/life balance. She lives with her husband and four children.